About the lecture

Technological progress and the advancement of AI and automation will have a major impact on the nature of work in the coming decade. We are all familiar with the transport revolution where self-driving cars are now a question of “when” not “whether.” But we need to recognize that AI, robotics, 3D printing, and big data will change the nature of many different types of jobs in ways that we can already anticipate and in ways that we cannot even imagine today. And coping with this kind of widespread and rapid change—notwithstanding the gains it will bring—will raise difficult societal challenges that few countries are prepared to address.

Event details


All are welcome to attend this free event, but registration is strictly limited. Please register by Tuesday, 19 February 2019.

Data and time

Thursday 21 February 2019 at 10:00am-11:00am.

Registration commences at 9:45am.


Innes Function Room, Union Complex (Building 21C), Level 4, The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus.

For directions and parking information, please click here.

About the presenter

Masood Ahmed is president of the Center for Global Development. He joined the Center in January 2017, capping a 35-year career driving economic development policy initiatives relating to debt, aid effectiveness, trade, and global economic prospects at major international institutions including the IMF, World Bank, and DFID.

Ahmed is a leading expert on Middle East economics, having served on the Advisory Board of the LSE Middle East Center, as well as on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Middle East and North Africa.

Born and raised in Pakistan, Ahmed moved to London in 1971 to study at the LSE where he obtained a BSc Honors as well as an MSc Econ with distinction.

About Public Lecture: Automation and the World of Work

The Institute for Social Science Research, together with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Science, and the Sustainable Minerals Institute, are hosting a public lecture featuring our distinguished guest, Mr Masood Ahmed, President of the Center for Global Development.


Union Complex (Building 21C), Level 4, The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus
Innes Function Room